Tag: strategy

Occupy Open House

On Friday the 13th, it was a lucky day for Occupy Portland as old friends, long-time neighbors, and the newly curious flooded the St. Francis working space for the Occupy Open House. The Portland Occupation has been indoors in the space for several weeks now, but this event was specifically designed for throwing open the…

Occupy’s Valley Forge Winter – Part 2

by Arlo Stone Part Two of a two-part series. Click here to read Part One. ….As a front line Occupier in one of the aforementioned large scale and suddenly camp-less metro occupations, I too am licking my wounds at the onset of Occupy’s “Valley Forge Winter” with my brethren. We are cold, scattered, fragmented, un-unified,…

The Declaration of Occupy Portland

by Adam Rothstein I have seen a vision of the end of Occupy Portland. It looks like a meeting with no actionable agenda, no notes, and no plan for a follow-up meeting. It is organized–maybe–on Facebook alone. And it will have the phrases “ninety-nine percent”, “unity”, and “positive” repeated upwards of twenty times each. It…

Goals for Occupy Portland

by John Springer To successfully change America, the people must win control over our government. It is government where the changes must ultimately happen because government sets the rules that all the rest of us live by, whether we are stock brokers or stockroom clerks, bankers or barristas, corporations or small businesses or homeless. Corporations…

The Creeping Death of an Elitist Notion

by Lester Macgurdy You don’t need to be wealthy to be elitist. In fact, you don’t even need two nickels to rub together. The 99% are just as prone to elitism as the 1%. Despite the wide economic chasm separating us, we’re all still endowed with the same psychological building blocks. What does every bullied…

Elsewhere in Occupy for December 27th

Here’s what The Occupier thinks you should be reading: San Diego Reader | "Occupy San Diego Riders Raid Malls, Port" by Chad_Deal – Phase two of Occupy Movement is all about recapturing power from elite – Opinion – The Olympian – Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports – Press Action ::: Anarchist Nation –

How to Infiltrate and Destroy a Political Movement

by Lester MacGurdy When we think of infiltrating and destroying a movement, we assume that means attempting to bring about the immediate end of the movement. This is a naive perception of the actual mechanics of infiltrating and destroying a popular political movement of the people. Why would CIA, FBI, etc. want to destroy OWS?…

Elsewhere in Occupy for December 15th through December 18th

Here’s what The Occupier thinks you should be reading: The First Zuccotti Park: Hooverville – Justice Department faults Seattle police use of force – latimes.com – Tomgram: Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich, The Fall of the "Liberal Elite" | TomDispatch – Another Occupy Portland Sitdown with Mayor Sam Adams | Blogtown, PDX – Occupy the…

The Real ‘Black Bloc Question’ We Must Ask

This article is one of two companion pieces on The Occupier, discussing the larger strategic questions of the Occupation movement. The entirety of Occupation strategy is not reducible to these two points of view, but we hope these will start a discussion in two different, non-symmetric veins about “big picture” issues. by Adam Rothstein “Whatever…